What school year / grade will my child be in?

You can find Grade Equivalencies here.

Does my child need to be fluent in English to attend the Anglophone Section?

All Anglophone Section students are expected to have age-appropriate native-level English language skills, in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

When are the students in school? When does the school day begin and end?

Primary Students attend school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 09h00 to 16h30, including the lunchbreak. There are no classes for primary students on Wednesdays but supervised extra-curricular activities are offered. Please see Primary timetable on the CSI Lyon website. Secondary (collège and lycée) Students attend school from Monday to Friday and classes may be scheduled between 08h00 to 17h30, depending on individual timetables.

How will my child get to and from school?

The CSI Lyon is located in Gerland, in the 7eme district of Lyon. There are several public transport options available, as well as a dedicated school bus service for younger pupils. Public Transport: Métro line B (blue line): ten minutes walk from the station ‘ Stade de Gerland Bus n° 60 : bus stop ‘ Institut Pasteur’ is very near the school Tram T1: ten minutes walk from the tram stop ‘ Halle Tony Garnier Car: Street parking near the CSI (limited) and the nearest public car park is LPA-Tony Garnier in the rue Jonas Salk. Note : access to the road in front of the school is strictly prohibited for vehicles. Bike: Velo’v ( Like many cities, Lyon has a bike rental system called Velo’v. The nearest station to the school is ‘ Borne 7049 Cité scolaire Internationale avenue Tony Garnier School Bus Service - Junior Direct Surprising as it may seem to parents of younger children, most pupils at the CSI take these buses unaccompanied. Parents are advised to accompany their children on the bus at the start of the school year, at least for the first few days until the child is familiar with the bus number and the route to and from the school gate. In the first week of the school year, primary children are taken to their bus at the end of the day by a member of staff. After this time, children are expected to travel independently. It is recommended that parents give children a card with their bus number and their parents’ cell phone numbers on it, in case there is a problem in the adjustment period. There are 14 school buses dedicated to the CSI Lyon. They serve most of Lyon and the surrounding area. The school buses are run by the Lyon transport network (TCL). The buses arrive at school at 08h40 and depart at 16h45(except Wednesdays) for primary and at 17h45 for secondary.The buses arrive and leave from rue Alexander Fleming, which is one street away from the school entrance. The school lines are called ‘Junior Direct’ and the dedicated lines for the CSI are 390, 391 A and B, 392, 393A and B, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398A and B, and 399. To travel on these buses, children need a monthly or annual travel card, which parents can obtain from a TCL office. For more information about routes and travel cards, please consult the TCL website: On the TCL website you can also sign up to have real time information sent to your mobile, if there is an issue with your bus, for example. Note that passengers are advised to be at their bus stop five minutes earlier than the time of departure. As a final word on this subject, it is worth noting that parents get to know each other very quickly at the bus stops, and parents can exchange mobile numbers in case of a problem. In addition, the bus drivers are very accessible and attentive to children in difficulty for whatever reason. After a few weeks, pupils - even the youngest ones - generally enjoy taking the bus and the independence it provides.

What are the deadlines for applications to the CSI Lyon?

The deadlines for applications change from year to year, and can be found on our How to Apply page.

Why is the Anglophone Section fee-paying?

Of the nine International Sections at CSI Lyon, two of them, including the Anglophone Section, are fee-paying. While the other sections are generally subsidised by their national governments, the Anglophone Section receives no such funding from the British or American governments. As such the APESA charges school fees, which cover the cost of employing teaching and administrative staff and providing teaching materials and equipment. The Anglophone Section is an Association loi de 1901, which is a not-for-profit association governed by French law.

What extracurricular activities are offered?

The Anglophone Section offers a number extra-curricular activities:

  • for primary, please see here
  • for secondary, please see here .
The CSI Lyon also offers a wide range of activities, which are presented at the start of the school year.

How do I apply for my child to join the Anglophone Section?

Please refer to our Before You Apply and How to Apply pages.

Can you confirm whether my child has been given a place prior to the entrance tests?

Testing is an integral part of the application process and all applicants must take sit the appropriate tests. You can find out more about tests on our Before You Apply page.

What are the school fees?

You can find out more about the school fees here.

Where can I find more information about the curriculum?

Curriculum information can be found under the Learning menu: For primary, please see here. For secondary, please see here .

What are the canteen facilities?

Canteen facilities are provided by the CSI Lyon, our host school, and are not included in the Anglophone Section school fees. For more information about canteen facilities please see the CSI Lyon website:

  • For secondary - collège, here.
  • For secondary - lycée, here.

What are the school holiday dates?

Schools holiday dates are set by the French government each year. You can find the dates for the current school year here. NB. Lyon is in Zone A.

Is it possible to visit the school?

At this point in time, due to the Covid-19 protocol sanitaire in place at the school, visits to the school are not permitted. A lot of information about the school and the Anglophone Section is available on this website. Useful pages include Who We Are and Our Host School. Information about the teaching programmes can be found on the Primary and Secondary pages. The admissions process is fully explained in our Before You Apply and our How To Apply pages. Please feel free to explore the site fully. Online meetings may be possible if you have questions that are not answered on this website. Please contact the Administration team for more information:

Is there a special needs department?

As an International Section within a French public school, the Anglophone Section doesn’t have a separate special needs department. In the French system, children with special educational needs are usually referred to external specialists and can, in certain cases, benefit from an individualised education plan which is set up by the specialist in question in collaboration with school teaching and medical services.

Can you tell me how many places are available in the Anglophone Section?

The final number of students accepted into the Section each year depends on many different factors including the number of applicants at individual year levels, the outcomes of the testing process and the number of applicants to the other International Sections.

For children arriving during the school year, places are extremely limited. A space may become available if another student leaves for any reason. Please contact our Administration team for more information about applications during the school year:

I've been asked to provide proof of "school insurance". What is this and what is it for?

If you have children of school age in France, you are required to provide proof of school insurance. This is known as "Assurance Scolaire" and it covers a child and his/her parents in case of injury caused to a third person (personal liability) or injury caused by a third party. Holders of a comprehensive insurance policy which covers the whole family should look very carefully to check which type of risks are actually covered by their contract. It is recommended that you ask your insurance company to provide all necessary details. Parents can obtain school insurance from their own insurance company or choose a contract recommended by the parents’ association.

What do I really need to know for the first day of school?

Here is a useful checklist for the start of term:

  • Confirm the date of the first day of school ( la rentrée).
  • Make sure your child has the necessary stationary and equipment for both French and English classes.
  • If your child is going to take the school bus, make sure he/she has a valid TCL card, you and they know which bus to take, and at what time.
  • If your child is in primary, make sure he or she has your mobile phone numbers and the bus number in his/her pocket or in the school bag.
  • Make sure you have arranged school insurance for your child (see FAQ above).
  • In primary there is a general meeting for parents on the first morning of term. If your child is in primary you should make yourself available for this meeting. The head of primary will present all necessary information for the year, including extra-curricular activities, the cafeteria, payment, etc. The presentation will be madd in French but APESA teachers, administrative staff and some volunteers will be on hand to assist an non-French speakers.
  • For secondary ( collège and lycée), the start of the school year takes place over 2-3 days. Full information will be provided either at enrolment or at the end of the summer holidays.